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Max Stein
Advice: Generating Press ready PDF from PSD via InDesign
on Jun 22, 2013 at 5:59:19 am

HI!

I'm working on a book cover project. The complete design including the text layers on the back, are created in PS CS6. I converted to CMYK.

My first concern was setting proper bleeds and trims out of PS. Exporting the PDF.

So, I created my ID doc to spec. Placed the PSD, Set all the PDF X/1a:2001 setting from the printer.

The resulting PDF doesn't look as good as the PS generated PDF viewd in Acrobat. It looks soft.

So my question, do my text layers (non rastered) survive PSD>INDESIGN>PDF?

I don't really want to rebuild the text layers in ID. The cover is finished, just need to generate the best PDF for delivery.

Should I have saved in a different format out of PS?

I've got so many little changes requested, I want to keep my doc most easily editable. That is my reasoning.

My Guess is this slightly softer PDF from ID will print great. But I just want to be sure since I haven't used this workflow before.

Thank you!

Maxi


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Dwayne Smith
Re: Advice: Generating Press ready PDF from PSD via InDesign
on Jun 23, 2013 at 12:49:10 am

Other readers should refer to this photoshop thread for a discussion of Max's workflow considerations.

d.


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